Security Advisories and Notifications

Security Advisory: (BEA05-96.00)

From: Oracle Corporation

Minor Subject: The passphrase for the private key used in the configuration of SSL appears in cleartext when creating a WebLogic Server domain using the Configuration Wizard.

Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express

Threat level: Low
The private key passphrase is displayed on a terminal or in the server log file.

Severity: Medium
The passphrase could be used to access private keys in the keystore.

A problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Server. An upgrade is available to correct this problem (see Section II). Oracle treats potential security problems with a high degree of urgency and endeavors to take appropriate steps to help ensure the security of our customers' systems. As a result, Oracle strongly suggests the following actions:
I. Read the following advisory.
II. Apply the suggested action.
III. If you know of any additional users interested in future security advisories, please forward them the registration instructions included in this advisory.

I. Advisory

All sites are susceptible to this vulnerability. The vulnerability occurs when a new WebLogic Server domain is created using the Configuration Wizard. The passphrase for the private key used in the configuration of SSL is echoed to the screen and in the server log file. A potential attacker could see the passphrase or with proper file access to the server log could obtain the SSL keystore passphrase. The attacker could then compromise the keystore (if the attacker had file system access to the keystore).

This issue is resolved by replacing the keystore passphrase with multiple * characters on the screen and in the server log file.

The following versions of WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express are affected by this vulnerability

  • WebLogic Server 8.1 released through Service Pack 3, on all platforms.


Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions.

WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express version 8.1
  1. Upgrade to service pack 4.


Oracle strongly suggests that customers apply the remedies recommended in all our security advisories. Oracle also urges customers to apply every Service/Maintenance Pack as they are released. Service/Maintenance Packs include a roll-up of all bug fixes for each version of the product, as well as each of the prior Service/Maintenance Packs. Service/Maintenance Packs and information about them can be found at:

Note: Information about securing WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express can be found at Specific lockdown information is provided at We strongly encourage you to review this documentation to ensure your server deployment is securely configured.

As a policy, if there are any security-related issues with any Oracle product, Oracle will distribute an advisory and instructions with the appropriate course of action. Because the security of your site, data, and code is our highest priority, we are committed to communicating all security-related issues clearly and openly.

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Thank you,
Oracle Corporation